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        The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is commissioning a formal study of its rate structure to provide a format for establishing water and sewer rates over the next decade.

        “Affordability, aging infrastructure and increasing regulations are all challenges for any water and sewer utility; that is why we are looking at our entire rate system, to see if we can assist lower income users or help large consumers to take care of those who can’t afford the system or may be forced to lose their business,” Jerry Greiner, district president, said.

        Oregon’s Safety Committee recently rejected a proposal to implement a hand-held speed camera program for the police department.

        Councilman Tim Zale, chairman of the safety committee, said Blue Line Solutions, which operates the program, approached city officials.

        “They wanted to meet me and City Administrator Mike Beazley to present their program to us,” said Zale. “I felt obligated to present it to council and the police department. I didn’t necessarily agree with it. We had a safety committee meeting on it. No one was in favor of it. I’m fine with that.”

        State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D- Oregon), last week expressed concerns that the input of urban communities will be left out of a newly formed joint legislative committee to address harmful algal blooms at Lake Erie’s Western Basin. The committee comes in response to public and industry pressure to further study one of the most critical issues facing the state.

       A bill designed to reform what is called predatory short-term lending will benefit working families and consumers in Ohio, State Representative Michael Ashford, D- Toledo, said last week after Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law.

        “After years of discussions, false starts and negotiations, I am proud that predatory lending reform today is becoming a reality for the consumers and families of Ohio. For the last decade, predatory lenders have exploited a loophole in Ohio law and taken advantage of consumers by charging some of the most outrageous and unfair interest rates and fees in the nation,” Rep. Ashford said.

        The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a 15-year credit for First Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of thin film photovoltaic solar panels, which is constructing a new plant in Lake Township.

        Under the agreement, First Solar will receive a 2.267 percent credit against the company’s commercial activity tax but will be required to maintain operations at the project location for at least 18 years.




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